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Italian Pinwheels

These easy baked Italian Pinwheels are the perfect bite-size appetizer or party snack to pair with a cold beverage, a glass of wine, or your favorite cocktail. A prep-ahead option with just 10 minutes of effort!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian
Keyword baked, easy, italian pinwheels
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 11 minutes
Chilling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 21 minutes
Servings 4 - 6 people (about 13-14 total pinwheels)
Calories 120kcal
Author Blair Lonergan

Ingredients

  • 1 refrigerated pie crust (half of a 14.1-ounce Pillsbury package)
  • 2-3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 ounces prosciutto (about 6 very thin slices)
  • ¾ cup grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning (or more to taste)
  • Optional garnish: chopped fresh herbs such as parsley or basil

Instructions

  • Allow the refrigerated pie crust to sit on the counter for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Unroll the crust into a flat circle.
  • Spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard on top of the pie crust, reaching all of the way to the edges.
  • Top with a single layer of prosciutto; overlapping in some places is fine.
  • Add mozzarella and Parmesan; sprinkle with Italian seasoning.
  • Tightly roll up the pie crust, pressing gently to seal the seam. Wrap in foil; refrigerate for at least 1 hour (or overnight).
  • When ready to bake, preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil that has been sprayed lightly with nonstick spray.
  • Remove the foil wrap and slice the roll crosswise into ½-inch thick rounds. You should have about 13-14 rounds. I typically discard the tapered ends. Arrange pinwheels on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 10-11 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and the pastry is golden brown. Cool slightly, then serve warm or at room temperature. Garnish with fresh herbs, if desired.

Notes

  • Adjust the ingredients to suit your tastes. I tried to include exact measurements here, but it's really not necessary. Just eyeball it as you go -- you may need a little less ham, a little more seasoning, or a little more cheese. Since the ham is salty, I try to go easy on the Parmesan. Otherwise, you can't mess these up!
  • After slicing, use a spatula to transfer the rounds onto the baking sheet. This provides a flat surface beneath each round to catch any cheese or seasoning that might otherwise fall out.
  • Garnish with fresh herbs to highlight the Italian flavors in the pinwheels and to add a bright touch of color.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pinwheel | Calories: 120kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 180mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 49IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 58mg | Iron: 1mg